What is GTD

About GTD – Getting things done

Getting Things Done (GTD) is a methodology for personal productivity developed by  David Allen and appeared as a book with the same title in 2001. The starting point of the methodology lies in not keeping your thoughts and ideas in mind, but moving to a system you trust. Then look at the system often enough to continue to rely on it.

Your head is for having ideas, not for holding them

By placing ideas and commitments outside the head of a system you trust, the stress level will be lowered and productivity increased.
Getting Things Done (GTD) describes a set of best practices that can be developed into good habits. These habits bind together and form a systematic approach to task management, which leads stress-free productivity.

Mind Like Water

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. That’s why David Allen created Getting Things Done®. GTD is the work-life management system that has helped countless individuals and organizations bring order to chaos. GTD enables greater performance, capacity, and innovation. It alleviates the feeling of overwhelm—instilling focus, clarity, and confidence.

After decades of in-the-field research and practice of his productivity methods, David wrote the international best-seller Getting Things Done. Published in over 28 languages, TIME magazine heralded it as “the defining self-help business book of its time.” In 2015, he released a new edition of the book, with new insights, updates, and discoveries about the world of Getting Things Done and its many personal and professional applications.

Today, David Allen is considered the leading authority in the fields of organizational and personal productivity. The David Allen Company oversees the certification academy and quality standards for Global Partners offering Getting Things Done courses and coaching around the world.

GTD Experiences

“I am a devout, card-carrying GTD true believer. I got hooked 15 years ago… and the entire approach has boosted not only my productivity but also my wider well-being. But what amazes me just as much is how deeply GTD has taken hold around the world. Unlike the short-term, confected virality we often see in the digital age, this is a genuine movement… one that has already improved lives and will continue to improve many more.”

—Daniel Pink, Author

“Getting Things Done offers help building the new mental skills needed in an age of multitasking and overload.”

—Sue Shellenbarger, The Wall Street Journal

“The GTD system has opened up doors in my life, both personal and professional, that I did not know were possible. It has shaped my way of living and continues to help me be as innovative and creative as possible. Most importantly, it helps me be strategic and efficient so I have more time to do the things I enjoy—like spending time with my family and coaching/sport development with volleyball, baseball, and snowboarding.”

—Jeff Boliba, Burton Snowboards

“GTD allows me to be present and to show up fully in the moment.”

—Louis Kim, Hewlett Packard (HP)